Two months ago today, death came closer than as a quote on my phone screen. My dear Farfar (fathers father) passed away in a peaceful sleep while I was in New York. It was his time to go and he did so with family by his side so very loved. I feel so strongly that by reading and reflecting on death and thereby accepting it as part of life and being alive, it was a lighter process for me than it would have been otherwise.
I often get the question if Ayurvedic food is vegan. I understand the concern, and it's great that so many people are becoming more conscious about where and how we source our food.
The only animal product that I have regularly in my diet is ghee. It's also called clarified butter, and it just that, butter that has been cooked and purified to reduce the clogging effect it has on our bodies.
Are you feeling sluggish and low in energy?
A kitchadi cleanse is an excellent way to clear out ama (toxins) from your system and strengthen your Agni (digestive fire). When Agni is strong we can digest what we consume, both food, emotions and general stressors in life.
This is one of my favorite Ayurvedic practices. It brings a calm to the entire home when the delicious smell of ghee fills my house. I usually keep silence, play a mantra or say one quietly to myself when I make it.
In the Swedish language, we have a great word for being in the role of a victim, offerkofta. It basically means the victim sweater and unfortunately, I put it on quite frequently. I forget how fortunate I am and get caught up in what I consider to be wrong or not good enough.
It hasn't been a simple or straightforward journey this no-sugar-experiment.
After making a few exceptions, I realized quickly that I would like to go back to only having natural sugars found in fruits, honey, jaggery and maple syrup. I feel great, my skin is clear and I rarely crave sugar anymore.
No, I was not always a gracious cook... Read my story on how I went from burning everything I touched in the kitchen, to feel comfortable and actually have fun and be creative while cooking! If I can do it, so can you.
Do you also have mixed feelings about Valentine's day? Read about my feelings, and get a recipe for a delicious Ojas rose milk
To me, Ayurveda is a way to find balance and live sustainably. When I see the wonderful effects my new ways have on my mind, body and spiritual life, Ayurveda becomes a choice that is easier to make.